Paul Pogba has explained how much he was struggling with the symptoms of coronavirus earlier in the season, saying he was so out of breath that he couldn’t run.
The Frenchman tested positive for Covid-19 in August while on international duty with France and was forced to self-isolate ahead of the Premier League season.
He returned in time to start the first match of the campaign, a 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace, but has since struggled with an ankle injury, managing just five Premier League starts this season.
The Frenchman was back in the starting line-up on Saturday as United came from behind to beat West Ham 3-1 and he says he is feeling great again after a really difficult time.
‘I had an injury, a long-term injury, I came back, it was strange for me,’ Pogba told the official Manchester United website. ‘I wasn’t ready physically I would say. I felt weakness physically.
‘You know, just to play the 90 minutes and carrying on with the games… It’s such a difference. I’m finding my rhythm as well. I feel so much better today, I felt I could go again, control the game, getting the ball. That’s what I like, myself.
‘That’s what I think is good for the team. I’m a team player. As long as the team wins, that’s the most important, you know. I find myself good and we want to win. That’s why I came here and that’s why I want to be successful.
‘It’s strange [coronavirus], it’s hard to explain because you wouldn’t understand. Even in training, I would say to the fitness coach that I feel strange. It’s not me. I get tired very fast and I’m out of breath really fast.
Pogba scored his first league goal of the season in the win over the Hammers as the Red Devils climbed to fourth in the table.
‘I feel confident,’ he said. ‘I feel myself, like more in my legs and physically I feel much better. It’s good, you know, just to get back in the team, and to score this goal to help the team get back in the game, it’s very important for the team. I’m very happy for that.’